Archive for November, 2009

Seen in Macau: Astro Boy Credit Cards

Getting a credit card in this Macao back nets you an approval gift and
welcome gift with Astro boy all over it along with one of three design
on the card. Have you opened an account just because of the “freebies?

Going home

Going home, originally uploaded by mdelamerced.

Ah yes. It’s been a glorious 3 days of vacation in Macau but all good
things must come to an end. I will be mass posting as much as I can
before I board that plane to go back to Manila. University classes
start on Tuesday so this vacation was well timed.

I’ll be away for a few days



I’ll be away for a few days, originally uploaded by mdelamerced.

I’m on a last minute trip out of the country to Macau. I’m not sure on
the internet situation there if it has improved (ie: free internet) as
I was unlucky the last time I was there. I’ll be flying in a bit but
I’ll post the pictures I take there as soon as I get a decent
connection.

I will be able to twitter so updates will be posted through there.

See you all in a few days!

Are you eligible for the Nexus Cape?

FINAL FANTASY XI Official Web Site
Yes it’s 2009 and I’m still playing Final Fantasy Online. On November 10, upon the release of the third add on scenario “Shantoto’s Ascension” Playonline will reward gamers who have all three scenarios with the Nexus cape.

According to the official Playonline website, “it’s an item that allows characters in a party to teleport to their leader’s location.”
However the teleport is limited in range as it does not allow you access to the Aht Urghan, Chains of Promathia, and Wings of the Goddess, caves, dungeons and the beastman areas. Bummer.

It’s very similar to the Tidal Talisman which was only available to players who purchased the actual Tidal Talisman last year. This item allowed players to teleport to pre-determined locations most notably between Aht Urghan and Nashmau for those on Salvage missions.

I can see the Nexus Cape to be of some worth to lower level characters who are leveling up in the said areas in a party. It’s of no use to those who are playing solo in the game. Higher level characters will find use when they are gathering for linkshell events such as Dynamis and for those who are in summoner parties.

This is an item that I wished I had when I was leveling my summoner and my white mage even. This item is especially useful when trying to get to areas such as Uleguerand Range, Attohwa Chasm, Beaucedine Glacier, Cape Terrigan, Valley of Sorrows, Behemoth’s Dominion and Norg.

Of course, the biggest downside is that your party leader has to be there FIRST and you’re all in the same party. We’ll see how my linkshell reacts to the accessory on November 10.

Qualifying players can pick up the item in the treasure coffer in the Tenshodo Headquarters in Lower Jeuno.

Who’s going?

Anime fans in Asia will descend on Singapore in November for this year’s Anime Festival Asia 2009. I haven’t been to an anime event in a long time let alone outside the country but I thought this was the perfect chance. I did have a few conditions before I finally decided to go and the hotel was last on my list.

1. I must have tickets to the “I Love Anisong” concert. Particularly for the May’n concert since I’m a huge Macross fan.
2. Danny Choo is showing up so that’s a plus.
3. My lovely travel agent could get me a great package for the airfare and hotels.

Thank goodness all three have come true! I don’t work in the anime industry so I won’t be at the Anime Asia Conference (who knows? maybe next year). But I’ll try to live blog the events that I can attend. I’m particularly looking forward to the K-ON experience and the Regional Cosplay championships. Good luck to all the finalists!

See you all in Singapore on November 21-22!

Chair art

Chair art, originally uploaded by mdelamerced.

Seen while walking down Bonifacio High Street.

Super sized Nintendo DSi

Nintendo announced a few days ago a new extra large DSi. It will be first released in Japan with other regions to follow in 2010. It is originally meant for “older” gamers who want a bigger screen to read and more space to use the stylus.

The DSi LL is about and inch larger than the current DSi. I guess the bigger screen also does not help with the battery life either as the the DS Lite still has the longest playtime for the handheld. Notice the bigger stylus. Now it really looks like a pen.

Judging from the screenshots, the bigger screen seem to have better graphics than it’s predecessor.

But I also know that the graphics are originally made for a specific resolution. Thus any graphical improvement if any is limited to the size of the displayed image and not from the image itself. In short, the bigger screen will not improve the quality of the graphics. Think of it like you just zoomed in an image and you’re seeing the bigger pixels.

Will I get one? I think not. If you already own the previous incarnations of the DS then there is no need to pick this one up. Unless you want to get your parents or grandparents a DS then this should be the right thing. But then there’s the issue of the cost. In Japan, the DSi LL will set you back ¥ 20,000 ($220 USD, or Php 10,000++). This practically puts it in the same price range as the PSP Go which retails at ¥ 26,800. Unless Nintendo phases out and drops the price on this thing I may even consider a purchase. But still, I’m still very happy with my battered DS Lite which I got a while back and the DSi doesn’t have anything that interests me right now.

I’ll wait until my current DS (knocks on wood) to die before I even think about picking this one up or if they release something so earthshaking on the DSi platform that I really must have. I think this is a safe step up for Nintendo by giving more of the same features as the original DS but incrementally adding features to keep a new crowd interested. Much like what Apple does with the iPod.

The Nintendo DS LL will be released on November 21 in Japan and early 2010 in North America and other territories.